Karen Bruns is currently serving as an Agile Coach & Trainer for IT Solutions.
Karen Bruns is the owner of Monarch Agile Solutions, serving organizations with coaching and training in both the public and private sector.
Karen is an Agile Evangelist, a Scrum Synergist, and a Fearless Transformational Leader. She is a CTC, CSM, A-CSM, CSPO, CSP, and CAL1 certified, as well as being ICAgile Coach and Agile Team Facilitator certified.
Karen is an ICAgile Certified Instructor for ICP-AHR and ICP-ENT.
Perhaps her favorite certification though is that of Facilitator of Open Space Technologies. She serves on the Agile Open NorCal conference organizing team.
Additionally, Karen regularly serves on the organizing committee for Agile Games West.
She has served as a ScrumMaster, Mentor of ScrumMasters, Product Owner, Scrum Coach, Agile Coach, and Corporate Trainer of Agile Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile practices for multiple California government agencies.
Karen has a natural passion for Agile and the power of transformation the journey can hold. Transformation is not a destination; it truly is a journey. Karen is a practitioner of servant leadership, not servant beatership©.
An avid change agent, Karen has devoted her career to building cohesive teams through the inclusion of the Belbin Assessments and the Oz Principles of Accountability for her Scrum teams (see http://www.belbin.com/ and http://www.ozprinciple.com/services/accountability/).
Karen has successfully coached managers and leadership to better understand their complimentary role within Agile.
She has developed a Building Organizational Culture© program that brings people together in an Open Space format to identify and declare what is most important to them.
Karen co-authored a white paper: Creating champion Scrum Teams and the accompanying Playbook for Creating Champion Scrum Teams One Team at a Time.
Karen has been a speaker at global Scrum gatherings for Scrum Alliance, Silicon Valley Agile Meetup, Sac Valley Agile Meetup, Bay Area Agile Leadership Network, Agile Games West, Open Space Forums, Agile Camp in Dallas, Scrum Alliance's Scrum Mastery Conference, Romania Scrum User Group, and Aginext/London.
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